Converged Communications on the Road: Where the Runners Run
Standing outside in a driving rainstorm – in other words, the kind of weather Jacksonville residents have been used to in the last couple of days – doesn’t seem like the brightest idea. If you’re part of the state high school track and field championships, though, there’s no place you’d rather be. I had the opportunity to cover today’s state track meet for the Florida Times-Union, watching and writing as the best athletes from around Florida gathered. As they say…
Citius. Altius. Fortius.
Looking out to the right side from Hodges Stadium. Note the number of spectators – and umbrellas – in spite of the nasty weather.
Stormy weather looms as the state high school track meet continues at Hodges Stadium.
Here’s a look at the infield of a very wet Hodges Stadium during an intermission before the start of the 100-meter hurdles.
Be prepared – if you dare to enter the Hodges Stadium press box, you’ll have to be ready to climb six flights of stairs. Actual journalists who work here have to climb up and down these stairs whenever they go down to the field to interview participants.
Entering the press box, you’ll see pictures, windows, special soundproof rooms for radio and television broadcasts, and – yes – a restroom.
These photos line the back wall of the Hodges Stadium press box.
A view of the interior of the press box, looking left.
These are track lane markers, stacked when not in use. They’re also useful for people who forget how to count by 3’s.
We all know what this line is, what it means, and why we want to get there.
It’s also an opportunity to get a view of the location for the event – Hodges Stadium, on the UNF campus. As recently as the 1990s, UNF didn’t have a sports venue of anything like this scope. Now, it’s regarded as an elite location for track and field events. Also included are some rare photos from inside the Hodges Stadium press box, a secret world that most mere mortals – even converged communicators – never actually see. Enjoy.